This Hurricane Season, Be Prepared in Case of Emergency
~ Peace of mind when every second counts ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Floridians prepare for the 2016 hurricane season and create disaster preparedness plans, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is urging citizens to make sure law enforcement knows who to notify in an emergency situation by enrolling in Florida’s Emergency Contact Information (ECI) system.
“By registering emergency contact information, an individual’s family and loved ones can have peace of mind that they can be reached in the event of an emergency,” said Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “DHSMV encourages all those with a driver license or ID card to register their emergency contact information today and make sure information is up to date.”
Florida was the first state in the nation to implement the ECI program, giving millions of Floridians since 2006 security in knowing in the event of a hurricane, crash or other emergency someone would be notified. Anyone with a valid driver license or identification card can enter up to two contacts into the system’s secure database. The information can be accessed by law enforcement nationwide only during times of emergency. Individuals can register or update their designated contact information at no cost on the DHSMV website and in local driver license and tax collector offices.
Currently, 65 percent of Florida driver license and ID card holders have registered emergency contact information. To learn more about Florida’s ECI program, including the real-life situation that inspired its beginning, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/eci.
During the hurricane season, motorists are encouraged to monitor the changing weather conditions and adjust their driving as necessary. As Floridians update family emergency plans, visit the DHSMV website to learn more safe driving tips during inclement weather along with hurricane evacuation preparedness instructions.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.